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December 2010

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Another year has come to a close, and a bright new future awaits -- and the December issue of RECORDING is here, packed full of great gift hints to end 2010 and good advice to take us into 2011!

Our year-end Gift Guide is back and bigger than ever, with reviews of over three dozen new products from a wide variety of manufacturers. Read our reports and buy with confidence -- we review USB interfaces, monitors, field recorders, studio tools, controllers, software, soundware, musical instruments, and even iPhone apps, all with an eye to making sure your holiday treats don't disappoint.

Beyond the Gift Guide, we offer a detailed first look at Royer Labs' affordable new R-101 ribbon mic, the handy and sweet-sounding Avenson IsoDI, studio acoustics aids from Primacoustic, the genre-defining Guitar Jack from Sonoma Wire Works, and a peek at Yamaha's impressive new AvantGrand digital piano.

But it's not all about gear for the holidays. Also in this issue, we look ahead to the New Year with interviews and articles on recording musicians who have found new and exciting ways to profit from their work, from TV themes to video games to pooling resources in order to bring in more clients. You'll find inspiration and great new ideas to help with your resolution to get more out of your recordings in the coming year!

All this plus our ongoing series on protecting your music and your rights, Readers' Tapes with Marty Peters, and much more! Find the perfect gifts to ring out the old year, and inspiring new studio directions to ring in the new -- all in the December RECORDING!

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RECORDING's 2010 Holiday Gift Guide   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay, Paul Vnuk Jr., Lorenz Rychner, Fernando Curiel, Nick Casares, and Gary Eskow

For your holiday buying pleasure: short reviews of 34 products!

Audio-Technica ATH-AD700 headphones; Zoom H1 Handy Recorder; Steinberg CI1 and CI2+; M-Audio Axiom Keyboard Controllers; Sonnox Oxford Reverb plug-in; Abbey Roa......Expand

Royer Labs R-101 Ribbon Microphone   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Royer's most affordable ribbon to date has a sound that carries on a proud tradition.

About 12 years ago Royer Labs ignited the ribbon microphone revolution with its R-121 microphone. Now in 2010, that same model, side-by-si......Expand

Primacoustic IsoTools   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Five handy studio gadgets cover a variety of day-to-day needs.

While primarily known for room treatment solutions, Canada's Primacoustic also offers a line of products known as IsoTools. Each of these items is designed to ai......Expand

Avenson Audio IsoDI   |   Reviewed by Dave Martin

This DI box has some extra tricks under the hood for maximum sound quality in difficult installations.

Avenson Audio is a Texas-based company that makes handy tools that sound great and are often overlooked by bigger players......Expand

Preview: Yamaha AvantGrand   |   Reviewed by Marc Urselli

This digital piano sports a world-class sound, with a price to match. Is it relevant to the recording musician?

Editor’s Note: We are bringing you a report on a new piano technology that intrigued us when we were first mad......Expand

Sonoma Wire Works GuitarJack Model 1 and FourTrack 4.0.1   |   Reviewed by Fernando Curiel

No-compromise audio interface hardware and a surprisingly powerful multitracker, all for your iPhone.

As you may have noticed, the market for iPod accessories has been booming with all sorts of products, and music applicatio......Expand

Fade Out   |   Reviewed by Frank Gryner

Becoming the "Pro" in "Producer".

Editor’s Note: In the midst of the end-of-year celebrations, we ask you to put down the bubbly and egg nog and take off the rose-colored glasses while you read what L.A.-based producer Fra......Expand


Recording SFX -- A Career Option?   |   Interviewed by Lorenz Rychner

Three sound-effects producers from the far corners of the world -- Tim Prebble, Michael Raphael, and Chuck Russom -- tell us about what it takes to succeed in this unusual, and sometimes lucrative, recording genre.

Three sou......Expand


Theme Music For TV -- A Production Report   |   Written by Andre Fratto

When you get the call to create a theme for a new television series, your next steps have to be well-considered, perfectly executed... and fast!

When I mentioned to Recording's Editor that I had just completed the theme musi......Expand

Getting Your Music Heard In Today’s Commercial Culture   |   Written by Justin Matley

Enter the strange, wonderful, and rewarding world of music licensing... here's what you need to know.

We all know that the old path to super stardom -- band records demo, demo impresses A&R guy, A&R guy comes to gig, label s......Expand

It’s Your Music -- Know Your Rights. Chapter 9: Trademark Basics   |   Written by Todd Gascon and Bruce Kaphan

Your band's or studio's good name is a valuable commodity. Learn how to protect it!

What do the Beach Boys, The Wailers and Black Sabbath have in common? They all have been involved in trademark disputes regarding the owners......Expand

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